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Nov 29, 2012 5:00pm PST
over ten years. still to be negotiated. mr. obama also wants emergency unemployment benefits and a temporary payroll tax holiday extended along with the infrastructure spending and mortgage relief, the price tag for the president's stimulus bill could rise to $50 billion or more. after meeting with secretary geithner, speaker boehner said he didn't see any sign of compromise from the white house. >> first despite the claims that the president supports a balanced approach, the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. and secondly, no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and the house over the last two weeks. >> eliot: no sooner had boehner finished then senate majority leader harry reid took the podium to challenge republicans to come up with their own plan. >> we're saying extend the tax cuts for middle class. as part of that, of course, we know if we do nothing that top rates go up and the nats are waiting for the republicans to come forward with something because that's our proposal, period. >> eliot: on the debt ceiling speak
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Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
boehner and obama -- boehner has requested private negotiations with obama. i don't know what -- i am not sure why that's important at the that you can on the phone privately. they are looking for a way out they have signaled some private openness if they could kick it up to 37% instead of 39% if they get some entitlement savings they could sell. >> the president would get 39-6 for the upper income folks with doing nothing and no entitlement cuts by doing nothing? >> right. >> it would be a deal. you would guess the president would want some sort of package and wouldn't want to go over the cliff. it would be politically and substantively. this is what republican aids say. he has the chance to do something big. if he come our way i am not negotiating this. >> you need to get something in order to do something. we are getting ahead of ourselves. this is the conversation that we have to have. this is the conversation that's the going on all over washington today or at least should be except congress went home. >> we are talking about it. >> exactly. who needs congress. it is a choice facing
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Nov 28, 2012 8:00pm PST
president obama this time around. mr. president, turn the tables on him speaker boehner that is. we all recall the trap that the white house fell into last year, letting negotiations over the potential government shutdown be concluded only to be held hostage again when the republicans then refused to raise the debt ceiling without getting additional concessions. it was as congressman welch said it was professional malpractice not to wrap the debt ceiling into the first round of negotiations. so don't do it again. the debt ceiling will necessarily and inevitably be hit and breached early next year. yet when president obama told speaker boehner at their november 16th meeting to raise the ceiling by year's end boehner said there is a price for everything. no, there doesn't have to be. sometimes what is necessary and good policy should just be done. the ceiling will be breached because of the fiscal track we're on and agreeing to the expenditures and revenues that are now in place the debt ceiling will be exceeded because of the boehner's policies, policies that have driven revenues dow
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Dec 5, 2012 2:00pm PST
. >> obama: congress, in any way suggests that they're going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes and take us to the brink of default once again as part of a budget negotiation which by the way we have never done in our history until we did it last year, i will not play that game. >> jennifer: fortunately for us "newsweek" "daily beast" special correspondent michael tomasky is always up for playing political games himself. he's joining us from washington d.c. thanks for coming back inside "the war room." >> it is always my pleasure, governor. >> jennifer: always a pleasure to have you. so let me talk about this debt ceiling issue. because really, as we look at it really, the only leverage that republicans have on the fiscal cliff talks they proceed to be with the debt limit right? so today the treasury department ups the ante by endorsing republican senator mitch mcconnell's summer 2011 provision which, you know, he suggested and it effectively lets the president raise the debt limit himself. only has congress intervene if they don't like it. mcconnell, of course is now against it. do
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Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
meant to sunset. even when he did them they weren't meant to go forever. >> obama: if congress in any way suggests that they are going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling defaults, and take us to the brink of once again, as part of budget negotiations which by the way we have never done it in our history until we did it last year, i am not going to play that game. we have to break that habit before it starts. >> in other words homey don't play that. >> stephanie: exactly. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: i'm incredibly relieved to see rationality spreading throughout the republican party. he believes they are signalling interest in backing down on tax cuts for the wealthy. that's what representative welch said earlier on the show. he said they are going to cave. it's just a question of when. the president and boner talking about the fiscal cliff. >> they are talking on the phone. >> stephanie: no he drunk dialed him again. at all hours. >> as long as i'm there, it is open. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: president obama and the boner spoke by phone
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Nov 30, 2012 5:00pm PST
proposal in the fiscal cliff negotiations saying that the american people made their economic wishes clear on the election day. >> obama: this was a central questions in the election. maybe the central question in the election. you remember. we talked about this a lot. at the end of the day a clear majority of americans--democrats republicans, independents--they agreed with a balanced approach. >> eliot: republicans meanwhile openly deride the president's proposal saying they're the ones taking negotiations seriously. >> the proposal that was delivered here by secretary geithner the speaker and me yesterday was not a serious proposal. >> i mean, it's--it's--it's--it was not a serious proposal. i think the debt crisis that we face requires us to make serious decisions. >> we're not playing a game. we're being serious. >> eliot: bottom line. let's hope there is a different script being played out behind the scenes. joining me now for some serious wisdom is staff reporter for mother jones andy kroll. thank you for joining me tonight. >> my pleasure. >> eliot: is there a different script
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Dec 4, 2012 3:00am PST
negotiations on this fiscal cliff and there's no doubt that president obama is on the side of the 98% and john boehner is on the side of the 2%. the republican party right? i think it is as clear as that. don't the american people see that? >> i think that's why the president is going around the country to put pressure on them because in the end i mean the end, the tax cuts expire and so tax rates go up and the president comes back to congress and says you know, give the tax break back to the middle class and i don't know what republicans are going to do then. they're going to continue to try to fight for the 2%. i don't know. but he's doing it right and he shouldn't see -- he shouldn't seed the ground on that issue. he shouldn't seed it. that was what the election is about. republicans are trying to say well george bush tried that with social security. george bush in '04 didn't talk about privatizing social security. he wouldn't have won. he acted like that was his mandate. he was going to spend his capital for it. this was an election issue. we all were very clear. i was clear in m
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Dec 3, 2012 3:00am PST
months. now that obama won, he has this new leverage. he's got a lot going for him finally, and he has the cojones to put a deal on the table as a starting bid in the negotiations that isn't already caving. this is the first. republicans are acting like we were saying during break that john boehner was flabbergasted by the proposal the democrats put forward. i think if anyone who has been following this is flabbergasted at anything, it's that obama put forward plan that is look a true wish list instead of an already- half-caved starting point. >> here is boehner on fox"fox news sunday," his reaction to the president's plan and jay carney showed us last week has been out there for a long time. >> right. >> it's in print. it's online. if they have electricity, they could read it and john boehner says: >> i was just flabbergasted. i looked. you can't be serious. i have just never seen anything like it. we have seven weeks between election day and the end of the year. and three of those weeks have been wasted with this nonsense. >> okay. thank you, granted paw. >> he said "flabbergaste
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Dec 5, 2012 3:00am PST
, if the white house's last lame duck had negotiated raising the debt ceiling as part of their overall strategy because basically, they traded a payroll tax cut for the bush-era tax cuts unbelievable for democrats >> bill: i am totally convinced president obama will never, never, never extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest americans again. >> he did it before. >> not this time. not this time. meredith shiner, always good to have you in the studio. >> great to be here, you guys. >> meredith >> bill: follow her at rolecale rolecale.com or on twitter twitter @meredithshiner. we will be back. i will be back with a quick parting shot for today. >> this is bill press show, live on your radio and on current tv. tell them it's like being nestled [ music ] surrounded by a 500-watt sound system while floating on a suspension made of billowy clouds. or you could just hand them your keys. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate safe driving bonus check? what is that? so weird, right? my agent, tom, said... [ voice of dennis ] ...only allstate sends you a b
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Nov 30, 2012 11:00pm PST
it when they said he's not going to negotiate with himself any longer. the nicer gentler barak obama who did closed-door negotiations who was always greeted by members of congress with obstructionism that is gone with the majority of americans voting for him. he came out and said give me a proposal. if you want to limit tax deductions, tell me what it is you want to limit. if you want to reduce entitlements, tell me how we're going to do that. if we're going to raise taxes or cut spending, tell me how we're going to do this because i've got the american public on my side. >> jennifer: i totally agree with that. i hear he's not cutting enough in this proposal, but in the last campaign he was cutting too much, oh my god. shouldn't the republicans in congress be called out on that hypocrisy, at least by the main treatment media? >> one of the things that think they're going to be cognitive of, they don't have time to change their image with the american public. there is the argument that house and republicans were re-elected, but i think it's clear that the american public did not vote
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Dec 3, 2012 9:00am PST
to do -- don't refuse to negotiate with stupidity. they need to shine a spotlight on obama's proposal to ensure that the american people know how insane this is. and fourth, they need to use this as an opportunity to pass their own agenda. >> stephanie: so let's review. the president is stupid however he ran and won those on proposals. >> yeah, right. and what party that loses the election doesn't pass their agenda during a lame duck session? it is so obvious. but media matters had a good item last week about the right wing media. is absolutely encouraging and if not threatening republicans to do not negotiate with obama. do not even -- you know, no compromise. no good will effort at all. you don't have to do a thing. this is his problem. and republican parties should just sit back and even though, you know, that message didn't do so well on election day that is what the rush limbaughs of the world are sticking to. >> stephanie: here he is, your friend, charles krauthammer. >> as a matter of policy, it does absolutely nothing about our catastrophic deficits. it's 8 cents on t
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Dec 4, 2012 9:00am PST
this over and over david gregory literally asked do you think president obama should bring mitt romney in to negotiate the fiscal cliff. >> caller: i think my brain unattached from my spine when i heard that. [ laughter ] >> caller: i can't -- david gregory should be ashamed of himself, and i really think they need to change it to meet the pushover. and the democrats have to understand that that's how grover got his power is flying under the radar. nobody knows who this guy is. >> stephanie: that's right. >> caller: some of these senator are realigning themselves with him now. >> stephanie: i know. >> caller: they say i would break the pledge, but now -- i can't remember the one senator's name, but he called up and grover just gave him a what for, and he goes i'm sorry. i'm sorry. i'm like are you kidding me? >> stephanie: sorry grover. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: you should never have to say sorry to anybody named grover. >> exactly. >> stephanie: all right. we'll get the latest on what charlie pierce thinks on the >> wow! i've never seen anything like this. >> when disaster strikes so
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Dec 3, 2012 5:00pm PST
the only card that he hold. obama has the advantage of letting--going over the cliff and letting it all expire so he starts to get the revenue that he wants. what does boehner have to negotiate? j. >> cenk: this is dr. strangelove territory. this is peter sellers pushing the button. you do this, and you destroy yourself. it's an insane negotiating ploy. it's hard to think that he could push that button. he used it last year and there was a consensus that politically that republicans lost face and lost public support and they were playing with fire. am i misreading this? >> no, because i think part of it, again, we're talking about the markets. it strikes fear in the markets. they say, president obama you better do something because the stock markets and the bond markets are reacting negatively to all these issues about the debt ceiling. but we saw what happened after august of 2011 we got downgraded. our debt was downgraded but the interest rates that we pay on our debt has fallen. the stock market has continued to rise. i think if we had that drama again, the treasury department ha
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Dec 6, 2012 3:00am PST
happening right now and negotiations so not happening that congress -- members of congress went home last night. president obama very much on the case, went out yesterday morning to meet with members of the business roundtable and he told members of the roundtable first of all that they -- there's absolutely part of the equation has to be raising rates on the top 2% of americans. without that there won't be any deal. president obama with the business roundtable. >> any formula that says we can't increase tax rates probably only yields about $300 to $400 billion realistically. that's well short of the amount of revenue that's needed for a balanced package. >> bill: just won't cut it. the president said. he also appeared yesterday morning on tom joyner's radio show. and said if you want a deal, if you want a compromise, there's only one way to get there and that's the one thing missing if republicans will agree that tax rates will not -- will not -- the tax cuts will not continue for the top 2%. he said we've got a deal. >> obama: i think once republicans agree to let the tax rates go up on
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Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
boehner is holding another press conference this morning. he is expected to say that negotiations have stalled between him and the president when it comes to trying to find a by partisan compromise. the white house released a new photograph making the rounds. this is president obama taking mitt romney's concession call. we had to wait a bit for this call to come in as mitt romney didn't think he was going to lose. both sides spent a record amount of money on this contest to try to win. we just experienced a $2 billion election, the most expensive presidential election ever. the president spent about $1.12 billion, the romney team about $1.02 billion. this from new fec filings just south. this does not include donations from mega donors like sheldon adleson and his wife together they spent about $90 million. outrage in michigan today as republicans have pushed through right to work legislation that says that union membership and dues cannot be a condition of employment. democrats say republicans are using the lame duck session to jam through laws without giving the public a chance to we
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Dec 3, 2012 4:00pm PST
president obama is more progressive! and a little tougher negotiator--so far. now apparently i'm not the only one surprised. when he gave his new storms on the fiscal cliff negotiations, well apparently john boehner was a little bit surprised. >> tim geithner sit there like we are here and presented this to you. what did you say? >> flabbergasted. >> cenk: flabbergasted. well, what went wrong? where do you think we are today. >> i would say we're nowhere. period. we're nowhere. we've put a serious offer on the table by putting revenues up there to get this question resolved. but the white house has responded with virtually nothing. they've asked for more revenue than asking for the whole entire time. >> cenk: that's just not true at all. he says we did this serious offer. here is the offer that john boehner put forward--butkis. nothing. he said, i'm interested in raising revenue or we're willing to do that. so how much, you want to cut medicare? you want to cut social security? john, admit it, you want to cut social security. no, no i want the president to say that. why would he say that
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Dec 3, 2012 6:00am PST
media. is absolutely encouraging and if not threatening republicans to do not negotiate with obama. do not even -- you know, no compromise. no good will effort at all. you don't have to do a thing. this is his problem. and republican parties should just sit back and even though, you know, that message didn't do so well on election day, that is what the rush limbaughs of the world are sticking to. >> stephanie: here he is, your friend, charles krauthammer. >> as a matter of policy, it does absolutely nothing about our catastrophic deficits. it's 8 cents on the dollar. it is a ul a political attempt by obama. he created this issue as a way to have a class war issue in the campaign. it has no effect on deficit. it will have no effect on rescuing us and i think republicans ought not play that game. it doesn't help the economy. >> stephanie: how many times can we -- can it be said and proven the deficits were caused by the bush tax cuts? >> so obama created this whole fiscal cliff for an election issue. the amazing thing is no one talked about this during the campaign. it was the day after
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Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm PST
commitment that obama made, then we could go at international negotiations, and develop an agreement. i think the chinese understand that ultimately building all these coal plants is going to hurt them more than us because they've got more people. they've got a lot of people along the coast lines. they have a lot of people living in very dry arid conditions that will just get drier. they have a lot of mouths to feed and they're drawing down their aquifers. i think if the u.s. were in a position to show some leadership to say we're going to reduce emissions, now china get off your butt and you reduce emission, then i think you could see a global deal. obviously if the richest country in the world, which is is the biggest cumulative polluter refuses to lead, you can hardly expect poorer countries too do so. >> eliot: it has not really accomplished anything but you're right. there is no way to anticipate success if we do not take the first step and say as wealthy as we are we cannot afford to do so. it's imperative that we do so. author of "language and intelligence." joe rome, you are a d
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Dec 5, 2012 9:00am PST
president on the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> obama: every hospital and university and not-for-profit agency across the country would suddenly find themselves on the verge of collapse so that's not a realistic option. >> getting rid of the charitable deduction. >> stephanie: did we cut that sound byte off for some reason? it is not reasonable to eliminate -- they're just bad ideas. >> it doesn't matter. it is same romney thing. they're giving a blanket number, just like he did without any specifics. >> stephanie: right. >> the democrats and the republicans -- the difference is that the president comes with very specific points you can look at. you can make a judgment on depending on your political preference but at least you can see what's going on. >> stephanie: theirs are like we'll do some loophole dynamic stuff -- [ whatever! ] >> totally a pile of cash under this tarp. it will be awesome. >> stephanie: who thinks eliminating the mortgage deduction is a good idea? >> people who own their own homes because they make millions of dollars a year and buy them hand over first. pe
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Nov 30, 2012 6:00am PST
it worked out. >> stephanie: newt gringrich with a message. get a grip and stop negotiating with president obama. good advice. they are the majority. they're not the minority. >> good plan. >> stephanie: he told republicans don't need to form a surrender caucus. he said there is no fiscal cliff. it's absolute total nonsense. he's obviously-- >> crazy. >> stephanie: the first guy you want advice from. the guy who shut the government down, do you remember? then they lost in landslides because of that guy there. okay dan in chicago. hi dan. hello dan. dan, dan, going once, how about garth in washington. hi garth. >> caller: hi, stephanie how are you today? >> stephanie: good, go ahead. >> caller: i'm a boy here in washington, and we're going over this cliff, but i think the cliff was passed a long time ago. what is wrong with the flat tax where everybody paid the same. i don't know enough about it, but nobody speaks of that. also-- >> stephanie: you're talking about the steve forbes, he's the one who brings that up every year. i know it sounds simple. a lot of times things that soun
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